Authorities investigate burned body found in Stillwater field as homicide

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STILLWATER, Okla. - State authorities are investigating after a burned body was found in a Stillwater field.

Around 3:30 a.m., firefighters received a call from a neighbor about a fire in a field in rural Payne County near 68th and E. Range Rd.

"She reported that her dogs were barking and she was going to let them in the house," said OSBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kevin Garrett. "She saw the flames and that's when she contacted the fire department."

After extinguishing the flames, firefighters discovered a badly burned male body.

The Payne County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene around 4 a.m.

Deputies then called agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into the case.

Authorities are working on identifying the man.

"We are needing some assistance from the public to get our person identified," Garrett said. "If anyone has a friend or a loved one who they haven't been able to contact recently, contact us."

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At this point, investigators said the circumstances around the case have caused them to look into the case as a homicide but the rain, the setting and the weather have made solving it tricky.

If you have any information that could help investigators, you are asked to call 1-800-522-8017.

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